Linoleum is a cheap, but sturdy material, making it a common option for flooring needs. It also is easy to maintain and clean. Even if you are maintaining a commercial place with heavy foot traffic, cleaning linoleum floors is not much of a problem. Here’s how you can do it.
- Prepare your materials. You will need a bucket, mop, scrub, and mild soap. Commercial floor cleaners have strong and abrasiveness components that can damage the linoleum, so stick to a mild soap when cleaning the floors. A dish soap or regular laundry detergent will work well.
- Fill your bucket with water. To start, fill the bucket with warm water. The amount of water you put depends on the size of the area to be cleaned and how dirty the floors are. But generally a half bucket of water is enough. If, however, the floors seem to be a lot of work, you can periodically refill the bucket with clean water. Better yet, have a second bucket of water ready.
- Mix the soap with water. You can separately dilute the soap with a little amount of water and pour it to the bucket. Or you can directly pour the soap into the bucket. But whichever you choose, make sure the soap is properly mixed with water.
- Start mopping. Begin by soaking the mop in the bucket, making sure to wring out excess liquid. Remember that you want your mop to be damp, not too wet. If the mop is dripping wet, water might pool up and lead to accidents. Next, mop your linoleum floors in a back and forth motion. Apply some force, especially on areas that need the most cleaning. For easy mopping, run the mop in only one direction.
- Remove stains. Linoleum dirt is easily removed by mopping. But should there be stubborn stains and marks left on the floors, you can remove them by scrubbing with a mild soap. Using a nylon brush, scrub in a back and forth motion, making sure to thoroughly remove the stain or dirt buildup. Rinse the area with a damp rag afterwards.
- Dry the linoleum floor. Dry the linoleum floor after cleaning and removing the stain. Do this by running a dry mop across the entire floor. Make sure to dry all areas because a wet floor invites slips and accidents.
- Wax the linoleum floors. Wax is applied to protect the floor and maintain the shiny finish. You can apply wax at least once every week. This should be enough to keep the luster finish and make the subsequent cleaning much easier. Put wax using a clean cloth, and if necessary, apply wax up to two coats.
In place of soap, you can also use white vinegar in cleaning linoleum floor. Because it only has 5% acidity, white vinegar has no damaging effects to the linoleum unlike commercial floor cleaners. It also is a natural cleaning agent, relatively safe, and cheaper. Use white vinegar as you would ordinary soap. Mix half a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Soak the mop in the white vinegar mixture, and begin to clean the floors. White vinegar can also potently remove linoleum floor stains.